Unsurprisingly, given that Tata owns Jaguar Land Rover, and the company is producing very “British” premium cars, the top-five selling British models in India this year are, in descending order, the Land Rover Discovery Sport, Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, Jaguar XF, Jaguar XE and Jaguar F-Pace.
British car exports to India have grown 11-fold since 2009, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Last year, 3,372 cars were exported from the UK to India, which was an increase of 15.8 per cent on the previous year (in 2009, just 309 cars were exported there). It still only puts India in eighth place on the list of Asian markets the UK exports to, behind China, Japan and South Korea, but it’s growing again. Asia is currently Britain’s third biggest trading region after Europe and America, with 13.4 per cent of exports last year.
It’s not just the new-car market which is benefitting from this export stream: the parts and supply chains are consequently also growing in India. Last year, according to SMMT figures, £14 million worth of UK car parts were bought by the Indian automotive aftermarket, and the SMMT predicts this figure will rise by about 15 per cent each year over the next five years as Indian motorists look for high-quality British parts to fit to their cars.